Talking Cars (HQ)

Oct 19 2020 24 mins 2.4k

Join our experts at the Consumer Reports Test Track as they discuss cars, answer buying questions, and share insights on everything automotive.




















































































































#179 2018 LA Auto Show
Nov 30 2018 22 mins  
We're on the West Coast for the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and discussing the big SUVs that debuted at the show, as well as the EVs and sedans that were announced. Some of the highlights from the show this year include the all-wheel drive Toyota Prius, the redesigned Toyota Corolla, the three-row Hyundai Palisade, and the rugged Honda Passport. -------------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 01:01 2019 Toyota Prius 03:08 2019 Toyota Corolla 04:37 2019 Mazda 3 07:06 2020 Kia Soul 08:50 Hyundai Palisade 10:42 Lincoln Aviator 12:20 Honda Passport 13:46 Jeep Gladiator 15:44 BMW 3 Series 16:57 Porsche 911 19:00 Audi e-Tron GT 20:46 Our Favorites from the Show ----------------------------------- 2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Kia Soul https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fb_zoX4V6r8 2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Toyota Prius AWD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uuYO8OIjl8 2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Audi E-Tron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBV9nrd6_mo 2018 LA Auto Show: 2020 Toyota Corolla https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jdM7sVsfi4 2018 LA Auto Show: 2019 Honda Passport https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU9DfC2zpNQ ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ

#178 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Test Results; Automotive Trends We're Thankful For
Nov 21 2018 19 mins  
With the Thanksgiving weekend upon us we thought it would be the perfect time to talk about all the things we are thankful for in the auto industry this year. We've also finished testing the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, and discuss how it compares to the rest of its competitive SUV class, as well as the previous generation Santa Fe. ---------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 01:08 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Test Results 05:48 Auto Trends We’re Thankful For 16:36 What Are Our Co-workers Thankful For ----------------------------------- 2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3ilxcZv1rw 2016 Kia Sorento Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9cvIuyLOGE Best Black Friday Car Deals for 2018 https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/best-black-friday-car-deals/ Automotive Turkeys of 20189 https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-automotive-turkeys-disappointing-cars-and-tires/ ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ


#176 2019 Cadillac XT4; How to Deal with Pushy Car Salespeople
Nov 08 2018 26 mins  
We just took delivery of the 2019 Cadillac XT4 at the track. We share our first impressions on the luxury subcompact, how it stacks up to others in the class, and wonder who this segment is really trying to appeal to! We also discuss recent engine recalls by Subaru and Toyota, give a not-so-teary eulogy for GM's Book car subscription service, and answer audience questions, including one about dealership business model and high pressure situations with car salespeople. ---------------------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:56 - Subaru and Toyota Recalls 03:25 - GM Suspends: Book by Cadillac 08:11 - 2019 Cadillac XT4 13:02 - Question 1: Choosing Between Scion xB and Mazda3 15:17 - Question 2: Using FCW and AEB in Wintery Conditions 17:49 - Question 3: High Pressure Situations with Salespeople 21:48 - Question 4: Is Blind-Spot Warning Necessary? ----------------------------------- 2018 New York Auto Show: 2019 Cadillac XT4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeqN7zuP344 Subaru and Toyota to Recall 165,000 Vehicles for Engine Issues https://www.consumerreports.org/car-recalls-defects/subaru-and-toyota-recall-engine-issues-stalling/ Buy, Lease, or Subscribe? Automakers Offer New Approaches to Car Ownership https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/buy-lease-or-subscribe-automakers-offer-new-approaches-to-car-ownership/ 8 Best Cars for Teen Drivers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE6pLbbt428 6 Safety Sensors to Clean on Your Car This Winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDpdorEOeUc 2014 Mazda3 first drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAqcc5ykuKY ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ



#173 All Questions, All the Time!
Oct 19 2018 25 mins  
This week we dig through the backlog of questions from our audience (submitted to [email protected]) We give advice on making smart car buying decisions, whether it's a good idea to change your transmission oil, what kind of car to use when learning to drive a manual, and more! ----------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:48 - Question 1: Whether to change transmission oil? 02:31 - Question 2: Subaru Impreza hatchback reliability data? 04:09 - Question 3: How much life to expect from a Honda CR-V? 05:47 - Question 4: Is buying a 2008 Pontiac G8 GT a good idea? 07:25 - Question 5: Choosing all-weather tires 09:55 - Question 6: Less than average predicted reliability on 2019 Mazda CX-9? 11:52 - Question 7: Which one to buy: Volvo S60, Audi S4, BMW 340i? 14:27 - Question 8: Best car for learning to drive stick shift? 16:47 - Question 9: Why we use the desk mics? 17:23 - Question 10: Which Plug-in Hybrid is best? 19:34 - Question 11: why it seems European cars get better mileage than American? 20:10 - Question 12: How is Toyota's new 8-speed transmission? 22:22 - Question 13: Good vehicle for the Wyoming weather? ----------------------------------- 4k Review: 2017 Subaru Impreza Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bze9pGvsiY 2017 Honda CR-v Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN2Tl1A5Z4 2012 Honda CR-V review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcZ-KdWzcyM Pontiac G8 Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d96mQzxKiFA New All-Weather Tires Outperform Some Snow Tires https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JfEcVZvQEA 4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UigcJd7PVY 2015 Volvo S60 Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCGNZZd2hVc 2017 Audio A4 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khXQj4tCxxI 2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-o99R0RgD8 4K Review: 2017 Honda Clarity Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0bUhEmXgNo ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ



#171 Our Automated Driving System Ratings
Oct 05 2018 22 mins  
We explain why General Motor's Super Cruise, Tesla's Autopilot, Nissan's ProPILOT Assist, and Volvo's Pilot Assist are not self-driving systems, but how each can be used safely, and which ones Consumer Reports finds perform best. We also answer questions about transmissions system additives, and whether the Subaru Forester is the best choice for people with an active lifestyle. ------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 01:37 Automated Driving System Rankings 14:11 Question 1: Benefits of Self-Driving Systems 16:20 Question 2: How to save a transmission 17:58 Question 3: Weekend Trips Car 20:07 Question 4: Replacing 2015 Toyota Camry ----------------------------------- Cadillac Tops Tesla in Consumer Reports' First Ranking of Automated Driving Systems https://www.consumerreports.org/autonomous-driving/cadillac-tops-tesla-in-automated-systems-ranking/ 2019 Subaru Forester Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dymKOcVk7Iw 2017 Volkswagen Alltrack Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFwfm63Ts1k Face-Off: Subaru Outback vs. Volkswagen Alltrack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ylXqZce8XQ 2017 Honda CR-V Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwN2Tl1A5Z4 2017 Mazda CX-5 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmTVgcuD2V4 2016 Toyota RAV4 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnMo_G7eM8 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w 2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpOUrt8sLGE ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ



#168: 2019 Lexus UX; Preparing Your Vehicle for a Hurricane
Sep 12 2018 23 mins  
With Hurricane Florence affecting much of the Carolinas and mid-Atlantic region of the US, we discuss how to prepare your vehicle for a natural disaster. We also give our first impressions of the 2019 Lexus UX, and how it stacks up against stiff competition in the compact luxury SUV segment. We also answer questions from our audience about the proper way to break-in your vehicle, whether you can use regular gas in your 'premium recommended' car, and advise a young driver about their first automotive purchase. ------------------------------------------ Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:05 How to Prepare Your Car in a Hurricane 06:20 2019 Lexus UX 11:36 Question 1: Break-in Period for a New Car 14:15 Question 2: Required vs. Recommended Fuel Grade 16:30 Question 3: First Automotive Purchase Advice for Teens 20:37 Question 4: All-new Model vs. Redesign Year, When to Buy ----------------------------------- 2019 Lexus UX Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0eKMW9wvKA Storm & Emergency Preparedness https://www.consumerreports.org/emergency-preparedness/storm-and-emergency-guide/ How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYJnWkQ4aC0 Flooded Cars: How to Spot One Before You Buy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT-WtAltmK8 Disaster Prep: A Simple Way To Make Sure You Recover Your Stuff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIw2tJ5u4Pc 5 Tips to Keep Your Portable Generator Ready https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYYXFDZtiNU Lost Power? What You Should Do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L-jnqKFPZc Home generator advice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBoaoApId5c 4K Review: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYG_5qJZXqw 2017 Volkswagen Alltrack Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFwfm63Ts1k 2015 Subaru Outback and Legacy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omeYWjqBJRQ Face-Off: Subaru Outback vs. Volkswagen Alltrack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ylXqZce8XQ ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ


#166 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe; New NAFTA Deal's Impact on Car Prices
Aug 30 2018 21 mins  
This week we give our first impressions of our new 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai's all-new 2-row SUV. There has been a lot of breaking news concerning NAFTA deals between the United States and Mexico. Our experts break down what it could mean for your next car purchase, and why there is no need to run out to the dealership just yet. Finally, we answer audience questions on automatic emergency braking, how to protect your car wheels and tires in a low-profile car, and guide a teenage car enthusiast on what vehicles his parents should lease next. ---------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:29 - NAFTA Debate 04:38 - 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe 09:33 - Question #1: Automatic Emergency Braking 12:18 - Question #2: How to Protect Your Wheels and Tires 16:30 - Question #3: What to Buy Next ----------------------------------- Hyundai Santa Fe Web: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/hyundai/santa-fe/ Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3ilxcZv1rw Volkswagen Alltrack Web: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/volkswagen/golf-alltrack/ Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFwfm63Ts1k Volkswagen Tiguan Web: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/volkswagen/tiguan/ Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTm6ObWKOdY Infinity QX50 Web: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/infiniti/qx50/ Acura RDX Web: https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/acura/rdx/ Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwDUhPCbio4 ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ




#163 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback; IIHS' Tesla Advanced Safety Data; How Do We Buy Cars Anonymously?
Aug 10 2018 25 mins  
This week, we discuss data from IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) regarding advanced safety technology, and whether semi-autonomous equipped cars are providing a safety benefit to drivers. We just bought a 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback to join our testing program, and we give our initial impressions, and whether Toyota can convince buyers that a Corolla can be sporty! We also answer audience questions about a replacement for a Nissan Altima, modern convertible reliability, and how we can buy cars anonymously after all these years. ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:28 - IIHS Safety Study on Autonomous Vehicles 04:23 - 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback 11:31 - Question 1: How we keep our anonymity when buying cars 15:06 - Question 2: SUV buying recommendation 19:00 - Question 3: Upgrading from a Nissan Altima 22:32 - Question 4: Convertible top reliability ----------------------------------- 4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q 2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo New Tesla Autopilot: Better But Needs Impovements https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-MF1g2SSaY 2014 Toyota Corolla first drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu6QfFB7fDY 2016 Lincoln MKX Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02nJsdaxJZo 2015 Ford Edge Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46Yeez1661o 2016 Nissan Altima Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF4q0gyl0XY 2016 Nissan Maxima Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO_4cCBL8I8 4K Review: 2018 Honda Accord Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRFEpKCeM9w 4K Review: 2018 Toyota Camry Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpOUrt8sLGE 2016 Lexus RX Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h-xcmM5KWs ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ


#161 2019 Subaru Ascent; Our Worst Automotive Mistakes
Jul 26 2018 27 mins  
Our 2019 Subaru Ascent is at the track and we talk about the company's re-entry into the three-row SUV segment. Plus, we share stories about our most regrettable car decisions from the past. And as always, we answer your questions on car buying and our dream daily drivers. ---------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:47 Our Favorite Automotive Mistakes 10:03 2019 Subaru Ascent 15:06 Question #1: Our Dream Daily Driver 20:16 Question #2: What to replace a VW GTI with that is better? 23:23 Question #3: What to replace a VW GTI with that's more practical, reliable, and less costly? ----------------------------------- 2019 Subaru Ascent Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCgPso_jBDk 2015 Volkswagen GTI first drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVL-IczHyl8 VW Golf R vs. Golf GTI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uLwY-A35ko 4K Review: 2018 Subaru Crosstrek Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J005E_TMeY 2015 Honda Fit review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJwKgKunkAQ Audi A3/S3 at the Detroit Auto Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA_Jp7TtTjo 2015 Audi A3 Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fy_kUWXpi0 ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ

#160 2018 Lexus LS 500; Tax Credits Ending for Tesla, GM EVs
Jul 19 2018 22 mins  
Time is running out to grab the enticing $7,500 federal tax credit for vehicles from Tesla and General Motors. What should a buyer do to take advantage of the program while it lasts? We'll share our road test results on the 2018 Lexus LS 500, and wrap the episode by answering questions on all-wheel drive systems, auto stop/start technology, and electronic shifter designs. Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:27 Car News: Federal EV Tax Credit 04:34 At The Track: 2018 Lexus LS 500 10:35 Question 1: Auto Stop/Start System Starter Reliability 13:24 Question 2: CR Scoring System 15:54 Question 3: Are AWD/4WD Systems Effective? 18:54 Question 4: Strange Shifter Designs ----------------------------------- 4K Review: 2018 Lexus LS Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOALhUeztwQ 2017 Genesis G90 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNfH3yG9v0s 2018 Tesla Model3 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo 4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q 2016 Tesla Model X Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GhvTUDuEds 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU 2016 Chevrolet Volt Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3sa7OT3PhU 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ojfBQEZ8jo Audi A8 Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6WQBF-WLHw 2016 BMW 7 Series Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyL8s6BosIc Do you really need all-wheel drive? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXjzYbpt9Ow ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ


#158 All Questions, All The Time
Jul 05 2018 26 mins  
We’re celebrating the Fourth of July this week with an all questions episode! We cover everything from car buying advice, infotainment systems, our seat comfort rating and three-row SUVs. Plus, we reach back into our archives to answer a question about a 27-year-old car. ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:53 Question 1: Hyundai Kona vs Nissan Kicks 04:08 Question 2: Fun to drive car under 50K 07:31 Question 3: Our seat comfort ratings 13:01 Question 4: 3rd-row SUVs 15:42 Question 5: Volster N 17:52 Question 6: Infotainment system ratings 23:21 Question 7: 1991 Dodge Daytona ----------------------------------- 2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Acura RDX Gains Advanced Safety and More Power https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwDUhPCbio4 2017 LA Auto Show: 2018 Nissan Kicks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMMf0LCj7sU 2011 Nissan Juke First Look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qURRHzI7NPc 2018 Hyundai Kona Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YcFRHiHP2E 4K Review: 2018 Toyota C-HR Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrjNttCsy84 2015 Subaru WRX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hksUMXuW3VM 2014 BMW s Series Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d2y06Kh5LQ 2017 Honda Civic Si Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyKF6jsVIug 2017 Audi A4 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khXQj4tCxxI 2017 BMW 330i Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-o99R0RgD8 Ford Mustang Road Test https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56tQtp0W1GA 2013 Subaru BRZ First Look https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnSnRgRUopE 2015 Volvo S60 Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCGNZZd2hVc 4K Review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UigcJd7PVY 2013 Ford Focus ST First Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvLM9Zd44AI 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU 2016 BMW X1 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJUVyOdihAs 2015 Lincoln Navigator Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urtqsciasPM ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ

#157 Tariff Trouble; 2019 Chevrolet Blazer
Jun 28 2018 25 mins  
The President threatens to increase tariffs on foreign made cars; we talk about how it may affect consumers. The Chevrolet Blazer has returned, but it may not be the rugged off-roader you remember. Plus, we talk about the Infiniti QX50 SUV, and answer your questions on drive modes, hot cars and the Kia Niro. ----------------------------------- Subscribe to Talking Cars on Apple Podcasts! Video version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-hq/id630839767?mt=2 Audio version: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-cars-mp3/id630831189?mt=2 Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 0:32 – President Trump tweet about increasing tariffs on foreign automakers 4:12 – Best Fourth of July Deals on Cars Made in America 5:41 – 2019 Chevrolet Blazer 9:27 - @ the track, Infiniti QX50 11:51 – Infiniti QX50 powertrain, variable compression ratio 15:50 - Audience Questions 16:12 - Question #1: 2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited, drive modes 18:52 - Question #2: What gets hotter, dark or light colored cars? 21:58 - Question #3: Why shouldn’t everyone buy a Kia Niro? LINKS ----------------------------------- 2018 Infiniti QX50 Review: Upscale but Underwhelming: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2018-infiniti-qx50-review-upscale-but-underwhelming/ Best Fourth of July Deals on Cars Made in America: https://www.consumerreports.org/buying-a-car/best-fourth-of-july-deals-on-cars-made-in-america/ Stylish 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Brings Comforts and Technology: https://www.consumerreports.org/suvs/2019-chevrolet-blazer-preview/ 2018 BMW X3 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogONHegJwXk 2014 BMW X5 Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DbM0qvHhts 2018 Hyundai Sonata Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivwv3EonvPc 2017 Kia Niro Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA7DkF_I0jA Toyota Prius Gets Record Setting 52 MPG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii9oBcRCoLU ---------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ

#156 Memories from the Road; 2019 Hyundai Veloster
Jun 21 2018 24 mins  
Summer’s here and we’re ready to hit the road! We share our favorite road trip stories and talk about the cars we drove along the way. The 2019 Hyundai Veloster visits our test track and we answer your questions about new car technology and comparing used roadsters. Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 0:27 – Summer Road Trips 1:05 – Mike’s college road trip 2:23 – Jake’s family and college road trips 4:44 – Jon’s college road trips 6:07 – CR Staff reserving cars for summer trips 8:42 – 2019 Hyundai Veloster 14:20 – Audience Questions 14:30 – Question #1: Engine reliability and cylinder deactivation 16:26 – Question #2: Electric cars vs. hydrogen fuel cell cars 19:55 – Question #3: Roadster buying advice VIDEO LINKS ----------------------------------- 2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Hyundai Veloster Stays Quirky | Consumer Reports: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I88Kd-GKvc8 Hyundai Veloster First Look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN7fzifIIvY 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASjxFTtsoMM Redesigned Mazda MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O908JUXgiwk 2017 Porsche Boxster Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDyiuHMyB3c ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ


#155 Acura RDX, Shifter 'Gaffe' in Chrysler Ad, Tesla Model 3 Recommended for Teens?
Jun 15 2018 21 mins  
Chrysler recently released a new commercial that inadvertently shows why having a simple shifter in a car is so important. We talk about the Pacifica's confusing dial shifter, and why this is a problem throughout the auto industry. We recently bought a new 2019 Acura RDX, and discuss why one big flaw might make an otherwise pleasant car tough to live with. And we answer audience questions about IIHS crash tests, and if we would ever consider recommending the Tesla Model 3 for teen drivers. Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:32 Chrysler Pacifica Commercial ft. Kathryn Hahn 05:12 2019 Acura RDX 10:41 Question 1: What is "Fun to drive" 13:59 Question 2: IIHS passenger small-overlap crash test 16:45 Question 3: Tesla Model 3 making the Teen Drivers list ----------------------------------- Chrysler Pacifica Redefines the Minivan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACuDfSHfh2I 2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Acura RDX Gains Advanced Safety and More Power https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwDUhPCbio4 2016 Acura RDX Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFiCcduWuio Redesigned Mazda MX-5 Keeps Miata Magic Going https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O908JUXgiwk 2014 Porsche 911 Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cj6c-YVos0 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee First Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH_XMu6QVLc 2016 Ford Explorer Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP236lul0Jk 2018 Tesla Model 3 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0VlwLRJFAo ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ

#154 Four-Cylinder Engines in a Full-Size Truck; 2019 Volkswagen Jetta
Jun 07 2018 27 mins  
Chevrolet announces a new turbo four-cylinder engine for the 2019 Silverado 1500. We discuss the new powertrain and if the engine will be 'truck-enough' for a full-size pickup. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta joins our test fleet and we give our first impression. Plus, audience questions on hot hatches and our annual member surveys. ---------------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:27 New Four-Cylinder Engine in the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 05:00 FCA Announces Auto Subscriptions 10:00 2019 Volkswagen Jetta 14:22 Question #1: Satisfaction vs. Reliability 18:00 Question #2: Hot Hatches 22:13 Question #3: OE Tire Warranty ----------------------------------- 2018 Ford F-150 Quick Drive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGEmjjPCCeQ 2018 Detroit Auto Show: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPS6od0Ic5s Autos Tips: Checking Tire Tread https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu2gEB18bwk 2018's Top 5 Cars Owners Wouldn't Buy Again https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO6OSi1O51E Happy on the Highway: The 5 Most Satisfying New Cars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMU3bid3BUA Consumer Reports 2018 Least Reliable Cars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywh653ENljA Consumer Reports Most Reliable Car Brands https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=915hkwMdHiY ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ




#150: Left Lane Hogs, Buick Regal TourX...Station Wagon??
May 10 2018 24 mins  
Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly! From your iOS device, iMessage us at [email protected] to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team! We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-talking-cars/ Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4Jr8wJRJyN9v8T6LC1fQQ6 SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 00:26 Left lane hogs 03:42 More American Drivers Want Electric Cars 07:36 Buick Regal TourX 09:58 Why car enthusiasts love wagons 13:18 Question 1: How CR awards its Recommended status to vehicles 17:08 Question 2: Plug-in Hybrid maintenance 21:00 Question 3: Lexus ES ----------------------------------- More American Drivers Want Electric Cars, AAA Survey Says https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/more-american-drivers-want-electric-cars-aaa-survey-says/ Stop The Left-Lane Hogs http://www.courant.com/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-ct-needs-left-lane-law-20180101-story.html 4K Review: 2016 Tesla Model S Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9cT_mIff-Q 2017 Chevrolet Bolt Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIYG0NR42LU 2014 Buick Regal Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD3uqAl_MBY 2018 Buick Regal TourX Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6Pni8Mo4dk 2016 Cadillac CT6 Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6dTwFJnkRU 2013 Nissan Pathfinder first drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja8vDgiQnUI 2015 Kia Sedona Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5Zkp1jAmKU 2017 Toyota Prius Prime Quick Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQt6L1celr4 Lexus ES first drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOpsFg2H_S8 ----------------------------------- Check out http://www.ConsumerReports.org for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/1Nlb1Ez Follow Us on Social: Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1IQ2w5q Twitter: http://bit.ly/1Yf5Fh2 Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1P37mM9 Instagram: http://bit.ly/1I49Bzo Google+: http://bit.ly/1Md3gfQ










































































































































































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